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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 11, 2011 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch heads

" By the early 90s, though, the word was out among municipalities that had previously welcomed the band: don't book them; the income isn't worth the hassle."

I remember going into a store a few days after a late 80's run at Irvine Meadows , and hearing a cop talk disparaging about the Dead and the crowd and at these shows .
And what really pissed me off was ,he was right ! I had seem a lot of stupid and destructive behavior that weekend . And there was nothing I could have said to the smart assed cop . I was angry , and embarrassed .

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Poster: fenario80 Date: May 11, 2011 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch heads

Sober as a judge, I walked up to a group of cops outside of Irvine after one of those late-80's atrocities, thanked them all for being there, and told them they ought to be pissed at the people who organized the show, and not at the crowd.

The freeway was under contruction, so were half the parking lots, and - worst of all - there weren't nearly enough site security to process the crowd at the door (I missed half the first set waiting in line to get in).

Of course the next day I read about the gate-crashers - and the exquisite morons who got themselves lost and accidentally broke into Lion Country Safari next door.

I have to give those cops extra credit for not kicking my self-righteous ass and locking me up for the night.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 12, 2011 7:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: touch heads

Oh yeah, the Irvine Meadows folk deserve blame for the troubles .
The parking was and is a problem . Just getting in , was always a hassle: we used to say we would rather they play Long Beach, ( we were the San Juan Capistrano area, a short distance, from Irvine, but we figured it would be quicker to drive all the way to Long Beach, because we wouldn't spend hours trying to get in !) The real nightmare year was when they had the concerts the same time as the EL Toro Marine base had an air show .
I remember one time driving into the lot and some kids are holding up a box of cereal, yelling "dosed Grapenuts, dosed Grapenuts ", funny, but stupid also .